August 19, 2016
By Noah Feldman It's never the wrongdoing - it's the lying about it. Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her resignation Tuesday in the face of a possible 14-year sentence for her conviction on perjury charges, proves the truth of that adage for public corruption cases. Leaking grand jury proceedings to embarrass a political rival would not have gotten her sent to prison. But lying about it under oath could and will. How could a state's top law-enforcement official be so dumb?
August 4, 2016 |
Donald Trump's long-tortured relationship with the truth is nearing a point of total estrangement. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted over the weekend that rival Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats "are trying to rig the debates" by scheduling them during NFL games. (In fact, the bipartisan debate commission, independent of parties and candidates, announced the dates on Sept. 23, 2015.) He further alleged that "I got a letter from the NFL saying, 'This is ridiculous.' " (The National Football League says it sent no such letter.)
August 1, 2016 |
The balloons and confetti have dropped, and the candidates have left the stage. But the false and misleading claims from both political conventions will remain part of the campaign right to November. Here we present some of those claims from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and other speakers at the GOP convention in Cleveland and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. What they said about each other Clinton misrepresented a quote from Trump's convention speech. She said, "Don't believe anyone who says:'I alone can fix it,' " suggesting that he was boasting that he could fix everything by himself.
July 20, 2016 |
The truth will set you free. It's a favorite expression, soothing in a world where doubt is among our greatest enemies. We take "facts" at face value because it's uncomfortable not to, and we almost always forget to ask, "Which truth?" Which truth will set us free, and are there others that might enslave us despite attempts to break their chains? These are the questions playwright Emily Acker probes in I Am Not My Motherland , her first full-length stage production, presented by Orbiter 3 at St. Stephen's Theater.
July 17, 2016 |
Question: I've been separated for a few months from my wife of 19 years and three kids. The separation stemmed from my infidelity - a mistake I made to run from my marital problems instead of to communicate, try to work through them, and take a stand for my happiness. It was cowardly, and I regret it deeply. We are in couple's counseling and both want to find a way to reconcile, but we are struggling to get there. She can't forgive me, and I am unable to convince her I am sorry enough without completely submitting and denying my authenticity.
June 30, 2016 |
Question: I always learned growing up that if I didn't have the money for something, I shouldn't buy it. As an adult, I make a decent salary, but my wife and I have struggled with a bunch of unexpected medical bills for the last few years. Which happens. My parents live in another state and want us to visit often. Visiting my parents is very stressful for me and hell for my wife; she is disabled, and getting her on a plane is a huge production. When I tell them we can't afford to come as often as they'd like us to, which is the plain truth, they turn around and send us money for the plane tickets.
June 13, 2016 |
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
May 1, 2016 |
Mark Karasow and his wife, Connie Bastek-Karasow, are part of a giant national experiment to determine whether more precise diagnoses can help patients with hard-to-diagnose dementia symptoms even though there still is little medical help for them. Karasow has joined a $100 million clinical trial backed by the Alzheimer's Association and funded largely by Medicare. The unusual effort, which began this year, is measuring the impact of expensive PET scans that reveal clumps of amyloid, a protein found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
March 26, 2016
By Benjamin Zycher Economics may be the dismal science, and economists may be boring, but there really are a few eternal economic truths worthy of inscription in stone. The quantity of a good demanded declines as its price rises. Bigger economies demand more labor, that is, create more jobs. Economic distortions created by government may bestow benefits upon particular groups but, for the economy as a whole, harm the economic interests of both consumers and producers by reducing the size of the aggregate economic basket.
February 27, 2016 |
Stoutsburg Cemetery - located in Skillman, N.J., at the heel of the Sourland Mountains - has long served as an African American burial ground. Like many such places, it holds much unspoken history. Two trustees of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association are unraveling those secrets - the stories behind unmarked slave graves around the cemetery - for a book to be published next year. Purchased in 1858 for people of color, Stoutsburg became the final resting place for local residents, including veterans of conflicts dating back to the American Revolution.